Junior World Cup Champion Stephen Ewart and Coach Tigran Shaginian. Photo Credit: Sergey Danilov.
Celebrating team silver. (L-R): Referee Ann Crockett, Stephen Ewart, Teddy Lombardo, Coach Sergey Danilov, Alan Temiryaev, Jonathan Piskovatskov and Epee Director Sebastien Dos Santos.
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Two-time Junior World Team member Stephen Ewart (Lancaster, Calif.) made history in Riga, Latvia, on Saturday when he became the first U.S. man to win an individual Junior World Cup title in epee in 11 years. Ewart’s win comes nearly 12 years after James Kaull (New York City, N.Y.), now the No. 2 senior fencer in the nation, won gold at the 2007 Montreal Junior World Cup.
Ewart earned a bye into the table of 128 where he defeated 2017 Cadet World silver medalist Ryan Griffiths (Fairlawn, N.J.), 15-10, before winning his 64 bout against Minhyeok Jang (KOR), 15-12.
Ewart defated Roman Fedorov (RUS), 15-8, in the 32 and Wojciech Kolanczyk (POL), 15-13, to advance to the top eight of a Junior World Cup for the first time in his career.
In the quarter-finals, Ewart bested Samuel Jubault (FRA) to guarantee a position on the podium.
Fencing Daniil Rudykh (RUS) in the finals, Ewart kept the bout within one throughout the second period and pulled away with a one-touch lead at 13-12 before doubling out to a 15-14 win.
Ewart took an early lead over 2015 Cadet World medalist Bence Bende (HUN), ending the first period at 5-1 growing his lead to five touches at 10-5 going into the third. Bende came back late in the final period to cut Ewart’s lead to two at 13-11 before the American scored the final two touches to win gold.
A silver medalist at the Division I National Championships in April, Ewart is attempting to qualify for his third Junior World Team and is now No. 2 in the National Rolling Point Standings behind his 2018 teammate Jonathan Piskovatskov (Houston, Texas) who earned a top-16 finish in Riga. Two-time Cadet World Team member Alan Temiryaev (Woodmere, N.Y.) and 2018 Youth Olympic Games team bronze medalist Isaac Herbst (Houston, Texas) are ranked second and third.
In the team event on Sunday, Ewart anchored the U.S. squad that also included Piskovatskov, Temiryaev and Teddy Lombardo (Mount Kisco, N.Y.)
Team USA edged Finland, 38-37, in the table of 16 and the Americans won or tied seven of the first eight bouts in the quarters against Russia to take a 36-32 lead. Ewart anchored against Igor Korovin and secured the win, 45-39.
The Americans fenced top seed Hungary in the semis with Piskovatskov, Lombardo and Ewart all contributing positive indicators, winning or tying eight of nine bouts for a 45-34 victory.
In the finals, France led Team USA, 40-32, after eight bouts when Ewart put up a comeback, scoring 11 touches, before Lilian Nguefack doubled to close the match with a 45-43 win for France.
Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:
Riga Men’s Individual Epee Junior World Cup
1. Stephen Ewart (Lancaster, Calif.)
2. Bence Bende (HUN)
3. Daniil Rudykh (RUS)
3. Jonathan Svensson (SWE)
5. Samuel Jubault (FRA)
6. David Nagy (HUN)
7. Tibor Andrasfi (HUN)
8. Jakub Jurka (CZE)
15. Jonathan Piskovatskov (Houston, Texas)
22. Isaac Herbst (Houston, Texas)
42. Cedric Mecke (New York City, N.Y.)
43. Timothy Frank (Portland, Ore.)
51. Adrien Thein-Sandler (Topanga, Calif.)
60. Teddy Lombardo (Mount Kisco, N.Y.)
66. Ian Sanders (Wilson, Conn.)
94. Ryan Griffiths (Fairlawn, N.J.)
95. Emon Daroian (Encino, Calif.)
126. Alan Temiryaev (Woodmere, N.Y.)
141. Anton Chmut (Garden City, N.Y.)
Riga Men’s Team Epee Junior World Cup
5. Czech Republic
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